Germany is planning to buy four to six Lockheed Martin C-130J transport planes instead of Airbus A400 military cargo aircraft due to repeated delays in their delivery.
German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyern signed a declaration of intent in Paris to pool the yet-to-be-acquired Lockheed Martin military transport planes with the same type operated by France, a German defense ministry spokesman was quoted as saying by the Washington Post Tuesday.
The French government earlier this year signed a deal to buy the Lockheed plane operated also by the U.S. Air Force and a large number of other military forces.
The C-130J purchase should give the German air force certainty that it will have the ability to provide airlift in crisis situations, the spokesman said. The German air force's fleet of Transall cargo planes is aging and in need of replacement.
The French and German defense ministries have been anchor members of a consortium of seven countries backing the development and production of Airbus's A400M military cargo plane. The project has suffered repeated technical problems and schedule delays, spurring interest among the two countries to buy extra cargo planes.
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Germany has grounded two of its three A400M military transport planes delivered by Airbus Group SE due to newly discovered gearbox issues on their turboprop engines. Airbus is already due to replace one of the four engines on the first aircraft in coming days, the ministry said
The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Germany of three Lockheed Martin C-130J-30 aircraft and three (3) KC-130J aircraft for an estimated cost of $1.40 billion
Germany has plans to buy six Lockheed Martin C-130J military transport planes for around US$966 Million starting in 2019 under a joint operating agreement with France. Germany and France first began working on the deal in October and announced broad outlines of their plans in February at a meeting of the NATO alliance, part of a broader push to increase European defence cooperation,
The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) has negotiated a £410 million contract that will provide in-service support for the UKs Atlas A400M aircraft. The A400M is the latest addition to the RAFs tactical airlifter capability and can carry up to 37 tonnes of payload over a range of 2,000 nautical miles
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